MAT® Jumpstart Program

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Enhance Your Practice

  • Offer clients a solution that addresses the muscular systems role in their chronic pain and injury.
  • Objectively evaluate, identify, and adjust biomechanical and muscular imbalances within the human body.
  • See how certain forms of exercise may lead to dysfunction and how to correct it.
  • ***Classes open to all*** The Jumpstart classes are NOT a prerequisite for the Specialist program.
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Upcoming Jumpstarts

Jumpstart Series – Denver, CO (July-September 2018)

July` 14 - September` 22

Jumpstart Series – Glastonbury, CT (September-December 2018)

September` 22 - December` 9

Jumpstart Series – Toronto (September – November 2018)

September` 22 @ 8:30 am - November` 25 @ 5:30 pm

Jumpstart Series Madrid, Spain (septiembre-noviembre 2018)

September` 29 - November` 25


Designed for trainers and therapists

“Our introductory course is our Jumpstart Program. This course is designed for trainers and therapists that are working in the exercise environment. The program allows us to give a quick screening process to identify positional weaknesses and then through isometric contractions be able to restore strength through those positions of weakness and improve over all function and motion.” – Greg Roskopf, MAT® Founder and Developer


Learn in Jumpstarts

  • Background on the development of MAT® and its decades long history of helping people
  • The Roskopf Principle and its focus on muscle contractile efficiency relative to limitations in Range of Motion.
  • CAM® (Comparative Assessment of Mobility) testing to evaluate your client’s mobility and compensation patterns.
  • Isometric exercises to re-stimulate weak muscles for more efficient contraction

Opportunity with Jumpstarts

  • Deliver beneficial services to your clients allowing you to charge accordingly for your services.
  • See customers experience rapid improvements and experience their increased loyalty to your business.
  • Starting in 2017, we are approved CEU providers for American Council of Exercise (ACE) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for our Jumpstart Programs.

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FAQs

MAT® was founded on the principle that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health and that a muscle’s ability to contract efficiently is important for normal movement. Any loss of muscle contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance, which may lead to pain and/or the loss of physical capabilities. MAT® is a specific and unique process for evaluating an individual’s ability to develop efficient muscle contraction(s) by first comparing left and right side range of motion, as the human body is designed to be symmetrical. If a movement is determined to be asymmetrical (i.e. one limb has a greater range of motion than then opposite limb) as determined by the Comparative Assessment of Mobility or CAM, then we know that one or more muscles that moves the less mobile limb is potentially weak. The muscles that are responsible for moving the limb further are then assessed by the MAT® Specialist to determine if they have lost the ability to contract efficiently. When it has been determined through testing that a muscle has lost its ability to contract, then precise forces are applied to restore that muscle’s efficiency, re-activating that muscle. As muscles are restored to efficient contraction, MAT® uses a system of accountability (checks and balances) to ensure that any increases in motion and symmetry are accompanied by improvements in a muscle’s contractile ability.
MAT® does not force change on the body but instead works with it to make improvements, causing changes in motion via improvements in muscle contraction. An MAT® specialist listens to your body’s responses and changes their treatment decisions based on these responses. Each client is treated as an individual with their own muscular weaknesses and compensation patterns. Therefore, no treatment session is ever the same. MAT® does not diagnose or treat pathology, but works to improve a muscle’s contractile capabilities and the resulting range of motion and strength of that muscle/limb. By improving these aspects, a person will see an increased ability for exercise and physical performance. MAT® differentiates itself from other techniques because it never attempts to directly lengthen or change the muscle by stretching, heating, kneading, or foam rolling. MAT® is not trying to "relax" muscle, but instead tries to "activate" the muscle, so that your body is better prepared to handle the forces that come from exercise and every day movements.
  • Determine whether or not the brain is properly signaling to your muscles to contract when necessary
  • Identify which muscles are not receiving neural input  by performing range of motion tests
  • Improve the stability of your joints by reactivating muscles and their ability to contract on demand
  • Provide a checks and balances system to make sure that any time mobility is increased, there is appropriate input and therefore contraction during this motion
Yes! MAT® is a precise and focused exercise process that can be used as an adjunct to any number of other exercise processes. MAT® can help an individual prepare for exercise, help someone sustain an exercise program and support rehabilitation for certain conditions when deemed appropriate by medical providers.
The Jumpstart Program introduces the fundamental concepts of MAT®. It provides professionals with the ability to assess for positional weaknesses and monitor how the body handles forces. In the Jumpstarts, students will learn specific isometric exercises designed to increase stability. Many people choose to take the Jumpstarts as a introduction to the Specialist Program and to determine if MAT® fits with his or her practice. The Jumpstart program is 3 weekends long (one weekend module a month for 3 months). The MAT® Specialists Program is our certification program. A student needs to complete this course in order to test and become a MAT® Certified Specialist who will then be recognized and listed on our website as a practitioner that we have certified. In these courses, students learn to assess for isolated weaknesses, learning muscle tests for nearly every muscle in the body. Students will attain the skills to activate every muscle throughout the body through very specific palpation techniques. Due to the complexity of the skill set needed to identify every potential muscle weakness in the body, the Specialist Program is a much more extensive education process, spanning 8 weekends (one weekend a month for 8-10 months).  

The school does not discriminate based on race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, or disability.

All Prospective students must be at least 18 years of age and at a minimum, have a High School Diploma. MAT® students will be required to sign a student waiver prior to the class beginning. As a part of this, the students will be required to affirm their receipt of a High School Diploma or GED and confirming that they are 18 years or older.

Prospective Specialist Series students are encouraged but not required to have a background and secondary degree in the exercise, sport science, biology, and anatomy fields.  MAT® encourages but does not require professional and academic experience in various fields within the exercise continuum.

Prospective Master Specialist Students are required to have completed the MAT® Specialist program.

Prospective MAT® Rx students are invited to this course based on these primary criteria:  Currently an Active MAT® Specialist, who has taken at least the Masters Foot Function and Wrist and Hand program in the past 24 calendar months and has been an active MAT® practitioner for over 24 months.

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Course Details

This 6-day program has three intensive modules: Lower Body, Upper Body, and Trunk & Spine. This series is the foundation to Muscle Activation Techniques®, and an introduction to the neurophysiology, biomechanics, and practical application of MAT®.

Objectives

  • Teach therapists and trainers how to objectively evaluate and identify biomechanical imbalances within the human body.
  • Understand how biomechanical imbalances lead to repetitive stress and chronic overuse injuries.
  • Fill in the missing link within the exercise continuum.
  • Create an awareness that certain forms of exercise may lead to dysfunction.
  • Give therapists and trainers a system to check whether their treatment is working or not.
  • Examine how muscle tightness is secondary to muscle weakness.
  • Show how to identify and eliminate positional weaknesses that may lead to injury or further compensation.

Typical Schedule

Saturday: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday*: 8:30am – 5:30pm

*Please note that class ends slightly early on Sunday of the last weekend to allow time for Jumpstart certification testing.



Interested in Hosting a Jumpstart?

We love hearing from partners in the community who are interested in hosting a Jumpstart Course. Please contact the MAT® Jumpstart Coordinator at: support@muscleactivation.com.